The offering Christ wants from us

The offering Christ wants from us January 9, 2015

The Wise Men gave Christ gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  What gift do you think Christ most wants from you?  Pastor Douthwaite in his Epiphany sermon said that the offering Christ most wants from us is our sins.

From Rev. James Douthwaite, St. Athanasius Lutheran Church: Epiphany of Our Lord Sermon:

So what you’ve brought here today with you are not gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but your sins of thought, word, and deed. Not very good gifts! the world would say. But, oh, they are! They are exactly what your Saviour wants. For He has come to bear them for you and take them away from you. He wants you to cling to Him and not to them, and receive from Him His forgiveness, life, and salvation. For really, everything else you have is His anyway. He’s the one who gave it to you. And He doesn’t really need anything else you can give Him. Not even the offering you give each week. You give it not because He needs it, but because you need to give it. You need to let go of it and everything on this earth, and fall down and worship Him. Worship – which means to receive from Him His gifts; what He has come to give to you. And that is more precious to Him than any gold, frankincense, or myrrh could ever be.

OK.  Now read the whole sermon to see how all of the pieces comes together.

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